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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.
Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.
News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Apr 26, 2015 9:36 am
Kerry Short didnt want to talk about it.
Apr 26, 2015 9:30 am
WASHINGTON -- If former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee runs for president in 2016, he won't have people combing through his papers from his time leading Arkansas.
Apr 26, 2015 9:15 am
WASHINGTON -- More than 3.13 million people visited national parks in Arkansas in 2014, according to a report from the National Park Service.
Apr 26, 2015 9:08 am
While Republican Mike Huckabees papers are slowly processed in Arkadelphia, the papers of his Democratic successor are undergoing the same process in Jonesboro.
Apr 26, 2015 8:59 am
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the Log Cabin Democrat and the Batesville Daily Guard won the sweepstakes awards in their respective divisions in the 2014 Arkansas Associated Press Managing Editors con...
Apr 26, 2015 8:42 am
PALS GET CROSSWAYS: Legal thriller novelist David Rosenfelt will speak at noon today at the eighth annual Arkansas Puzzle Day at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock.
Apr 26, 2015 8:41 am
LITTLE ROCK -- Little Rock wants feedback on a proposal by the city's bicycle committee to reduce travel lanes on Riverfront Drive to make way for larger bike lanes.
Apr 26, 2015 8:40 am
LITTLE ROCK -- Thousands of people streamed through the Central Arkansas Library System's Main Library in Little Rock on Saturday to attend some of the 78 panels, readings and other activities...
Apr 26, 2015 8:39 am
There are a few things J. Robert Swain hopes he remembers when he spots Bigfoot.
Apr 26, 2015 8:39 am
Recreational vehicle drivers crossing the Interstate 30 bridge often will spot North Little Rock's Downtown Riverside RV Park and pull off to stay the night, only to find there's no ro...
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